Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Statement of EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell on World Car Free Day

22/09/2021 - 07:07
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In the midst of everything else that is going on these days, I would like to remind you that today is Car Free Day – an annual event organised in numerous cities all around Europe!

The idea of this day is to take a moment and reflect on the future of our cities and towns, and how to make them greener, calmer and more healthy places to live in.

In Georgia, 70% of air pollution is caused by cars and trucks. Here in Tbilisi, the number is even higher, making up for some 90% of total pollution.

Air pollution has a negative impact on health, increasing the risk of respiratory infections, fatigue, and heart and lung diseases.

To clean up the air is a key objective of the European Union, both within the EU itself and here in Georgia. We have been working in Georgia for many years to this end and our ambition remains high, including plans to invest in further equipment to better control air pollution.

We will also continue to invest in more sustainable transport alternatives, all with a view to allow all of us to breathe cleaner air and lead healthier lives.

I hope you will join us!

And with that let me wish you all a carefree Car Free Day.

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